Family Afternoon

Families are invited to join us at the Gillis Centre, Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, on Saturday 25 June 2-5pm.
 
There will be separate sessions for adults and children focusing on The Eucharist: Source of Family Love, family prayer time in the chapel as well as games. We'll be joined by the Servidora Sisters from Fife who will lead fun sessions for kids.
 
▪ Details and registration at bit.ly/archfamilyday (FREE EVENT).

EVENT: Join us for a Family Afternoon on 25 June

Families are invited to join us at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh for a special event focusing on The Eucharist: Source of Family Love.

The day takes place on Saturday 25 June, 2-5pm and you can register on our Eventbrite page here (free event).

The day includes:

  • Separate sessions for adults and children.
  • Family prayer time in St Margaret's Chapel onsite.
  • Games/workshops led by the Servidora Sisters from Fife.

The garden of the Gillis Centre, at 100 Strathearn Road, is large and perfect for children to play in, so we hope the sun will shine!

Families with children of all ages are welcome to attend and there is free parking onsite. This event coincides with the 10th World Meeting of Families taking place in Rome.

Family Afternoon, Saturday 25 June, 2-5pm, Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh. Details and registration at bit.ly/archfamilyday. Event organised by the Marriage & Families Commission.

Paul and Peter become Acolytes!

Congratulations to Paul Henderson and Peter Shankland who were instituted as Acolytes at the Beda College in Rome on Wednesday.

In this ministry they can assist the deacon and priest at the altar during Mass.

Both seminarians are parishioners from St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue studying for the priesthood.

Feel you may be called to the priesthood? Chat with our Vocations Director Fr Andrew Garden on 0131 663 4286 or at vocations@staned.org.uk If you are interested in the Relgious Life (male or female) contact Sr Mirjam Hugens FSO on 0131 623 8902 or at religiousvocations@staned.org.uk 

Making Disciples Seminar

Learn how God is at work in your life and the lives of others as part of your vocation as a disciple of Christ. Register here.

This FREE three- day seminar will focus on recognizing and reverencing the spiritual journeys of individuals, and how each of us can be an instrument in God’s hand as we walk as His disciples.

The event will be based on Sherry Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples.

This event is open clergy and laity, especially those with leadership roles in the parish. Join us and invite potential and existing parish leaders to register too.

The seminar will show you:

• How discipleship makes catechesis a life-changing experience.

• How to introduce non-believers and the lukewarm to Jesus and the Church.

• Ways to share your own personal witness in gentle, intriguing, and non-threatening ways.

• How to integrate these evangelizing skills and concepts into the full spectrum of parish life and ministry.

It takes place at St Kentigern's Church, Parkgrove, Barnton, Edinburgh, EH4 7QR on:

  • Friday 25 Feb: 7pm-9 pm.
  • Saturday 26 Feb: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday 27 Feb: 11am-4pm

Register now for this FREE three-day workshop. For queries, please contact sranna.marie@staned.org.uk

WATCH: 'How do I discover God's will for me?'

"God has created me to do Him some definite service..." St John Henry Newman knew that each of us has a vocation from God to do his will on earth.

For some it will be serving Him in the priesthood or religious life. In the below video, Sr Mirjam Hugens explores how you can discover his will for you.

Two FREE events to help you grow in holiness

On this Feast Day of the Conversion of St Paul (Tuesday 25 January) we're pleased to announce two FREE events we're hosting to help with your continual conversion towards holiness.

Called & Gifted Workshop

Update: this event is now SOLD OUT

When: Saturday 19 February
Where: Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Register: bit.ly/calledgifted (Free event)

God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do.

We will help you identify your charisms (spiritual gifts) and begin to discern God’s call through the Called and Gifted Workshop. You have received gifts in Baptism and Confirmation through which God intends His love to reach others. This event is jointly hosted by the Catechetics Commission of the Archdiocese and the Catherine of Siena Institute, Colorado. Come and discover these charisms in you!

You will learn:

• The five steps of discerning the charisms that God has given you how they can change your life.
• how discerning your charisms can change the world and help spread the Gospel
• how discerning and using our charisms together can help transform and renew our parishes.

The workshop will also look at the fascinating ancient teachings of the Church on how the charisms of the Holy Spirit work in your life and in the life of your parish community. We will also delve into the signs and characteristics of 24 of the most common charisms of the Holy Spirit.

Making Disciples Seminar

When: Friday 25 - Sunday 27 February
Where: St Kentigern's, Parkgrove Avenue, Edinburgh
Register: bit.ly/disciplesseminar (free event)

This three-day seminar will focus on recognizing and reverencing the spiritual journeys of individuals, and how each of us can be an instrument in God’s hand as we walk as His disciples. It will be based on Sherry Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples.

This event is open clergy and laity, especially those with leadership roles in the parish. Join us and invite potential and existing parish leaders to register too.

The seminar will show you:

• How discipleship makes catechesis a life-changing experience.
• How to introduce non-believers and the lukewarm to Jesus and the Church.
• How to integrate these evangelizing skills and concepts into the full spectrum of parish life and ministry.

For queries about both events, please contact sranna.marie@staned.org.uk

GALLERY: Thanksgiving Mass - beatification of Rutilio Grande SJ

Jesuit priest Rutilio Grande SJ, two laymen and Franciscan missionary Father Cosme Spessotto have been beatified in San Salvador.

To mark the occasion, Archbishop Cushley joined Jesuit clergy at Sacred Heart in Lauriston, Edinburgh, for a Thanksgiving Mass on Saturday evening.

He said: "It's powerful and moving to see the Faith lived out in this way - people who are prepared to put themselves in harm's way for Christ and for the love of Christ's people."

Father Grande was gunned down by a paramilitary death squad along with Manuel Solórzano, an elderly catechist, and Nelson Rutilio Lemus (16), in 1977 while travelling from Aguilares to El Paisnal for a novena (writes Vatican News).

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Watch: Sunday Mass with Archbishop Cushley

Holy Mass for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, celebrated by Archbishop Leo Cushley. Recorded at St Bennet's Edinburgh. This will be the last online Sunday Mass for the time being.

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

Watch: Sunday Mass with Archbishop Cushley

Holy Mass for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, celebrated by Archbishop Leo Cushley. Recorded at St Bennet's Edinburgh. 

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

Watch: Sunday Mass with Archbishop Cushley

Holy Mass for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, celebrated by Archbishop Leo Cushley. Recorded at St Bennet's Edinburgh. 

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.